Creating security policies

Creating security policies

Policies that require FSSO authentication are very similar to other security policies. Using identity-based policies, you can configure access that depends on the FSSO user group. This allows each FSSO user group to have its own level of access to its own group of services

In this situation, is a company that has its employees and authentication servers on an internal network. The FortiGate unit intercepts all traffic leaving the internal network and requires FSSO authentication to access network resources on the Internet. The following procedure configures the security policy for FSSO authentication. FSSO is installed and configured including the RADIUS server, FSSO Collector agent, and user groups on the FortiGate

For the following procedure, the internal interface is port1 and the external interface connected to the Internet is port2. There is an address group for the internal network called company_network. The FSSO user group is called fsso_group, and the FSSO RADIUS server is fsso_rad_server.


To configure an FSSO authentication security policy – web-based manager:

1. Go to Policy & Objects > Policy > IP4 and select Create New.

2. Enter the following information.

Incoming Interface                   port1

Source Address                        company_network

Source User(s)                          fsso_group

Outgoing Interface                   port2

Destination Address                 all

Schedule                                    always

Service                                       HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, and Telnet

Action                                         ACCEPT

NAT                                             ON

UTM Security Profiles              ON for AntiVirus, IPS, Web Filter, and Email Filter, all using default pro- files.

Log Allowed Traffic                  ON. Select Security Events.

3. Select OK.

4. Ensure the FSSO authentication policy is higher in the policy list than more general policies for the same interfaces.


To create a security policy for FSSO authentication – CLI:

config firewall policy edit 0

set srcintf port1 set dstintf port2

set srcaddr company_network set dstaddr all

set action accept

set groups fsso_group set schedule always


set nat enable end

Here is an example of how this FSSO authentication policy is used. employee on the internal company network logs on to the internal network using their RADIUS username and password. When that user attempts to access the Internet, which requires FSSO authentication, the FortiGate authentication security policy intercepts the session, checks with the FSSO Collector agent to verify the user’s identity and credentials, and then if everything is verified the user is allowed access to the Internet.


Enabling guest access through FSSO security policies

You can enable guest users to access FSSO security policies. Guests are users who are unknown to Windows AD and servers that do not logon to a Windows AD domain.

To enable guest access in your FSSO security policy, add an identity-based policy assigned to the built-in user group SSO_Guest_Users. Specify the services, schedule and UTM profiles that apply to guest users — typically guests have access to a reduced set of services. See Creating security policies on page 548.

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